In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share some of my favourite ‘green’ photos of Ireland. In 2009, I spent a week travelling through Ireland with Shamrocker Adventures, an Irish budget adventure tour group. Although it was a week that taught me not to travel in tour groups, I still immensely enjoyed my time on the Emerald Isle. Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve seen and I loved every moment of it. Irish people are warm, friendly and full of infectious laughter, and I was frequently given a kind-hearted lesson on the Gaelic pronunciation of my own name!
The rolling hills were home to fluffy, white sheep and fascinating rock walls, criss-crossing across the landscape like scars. I was fortunate enough to be in Ireland in March, which will forever be a month that reminds me of Ireland (and not just because of St. Patrick’s Day!)
Speaking of St. Patrick, my first stop in Ireland was the Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), or St. Patrick’s Rock.
Mythologically speaking, the Rock of Cashel is considered a piece of rock landing in its current home as a result of St. Patrick banishing Satan from a cave over 30 kilometres away. More traditionally, the Rock of Cashel was seat of the kings of Munster prior to the Norman invasion.
The beaches around the Dingle Peninsula were absolutely breath-taking. Slea Head, located on a western peninsula in the Gaeltacht is the home of craggy cliffs and the most beautiful blue water.
The Dingle Peninsula is also home to the three peaks known as The Three Sisters.
In the 20s, Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St. Louis over them after crossing the Atlantic!
The greenery at Blarney Castle in County Cork was impressive. Although a major tourist attraction, there were still plenty of opportunities to get away from the crowds and enjoy the gardens, park and walkways around the Castle – which were my favourite part.
I hope you enjoyed some of my favourite ‘green’ photos from the Emerald Isle…
stay tuned for St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin!